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What to Expect: Wake Forest


Indiana begins play in the 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational today against Wake Forest at the Lahaina Civic Center. (Note: Inside the Hall’s Ryan Corazza and Jamie Owens are in Maui and will be providing coverage all week.)

Today’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. ET with Jon Sciambi and Bill Walton on the call. The full Maui bracket is available here.

Is Indiana ready to win three games in three days? We’re about to find out. The Hoosiers tip off in Maui today with Wake Forest, which is 2-1 and coming off of a home loss to Richmond.

The Maui field is an impressive one as IU, Kansas and Vanderbilt are all ranked. In addition to those three teams, there’s a day one matchup between UNLV and UCLA, which should also be entertaining. Throw in Wake Forest and St. John’s, which are both rebuilding but are recruiting well, and you’ve got one of the stronger fields of any of the early season tournaments this season.

But before Indiana can look ahead to a day two matchup with Vanderbilt or even a potential meeting on Wednesday with Kansas, the Hoosiers must first focus on the Demon Deacons, who will be looking to play spoiler in the opener.


What to Expect: Creighton


The Gavitt Tipoff Games come to Bloomington for the first time on Thursday night as Indiana faces off with Creighton of the Big East. 

The game will be broadcast live on BTN at 7 p.m. ET with Kevin Kugler and Seth Davis on the call. 

Indiana’s non-conference schedule is ramping up beginning Thursday as the Hoosiers begin a six-game stretch that could feature five major-conference opponents.


What to Expect: Austin Peay


Indiana is back in action tonight at Assembly Hall against another Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) opponent in Austin Peay. 

The game will be broadcast live on BTN at 7 p.m. ET with Kevin Kugler and Joe Crispin on the call.

In its final tuneup before it begins a stretch of five of six games against major conference opponents (Creighton, three in Maui and Duke), Indiana is unlikely to be challenged tonight in Bloomington.


At the buzzer: Indiana 88, Eastern Illinois 49


A few quick thoughts on Indiana’s 88-49 season opening win over Eastern Illinois:

How it happened: The Hoosiers were only challenged for about the first five minutes as a 9-7 lead at the 15:11 mark ballooned to a 30-point cushion late in the first half. Indiana was able to cruise from that point forward with little resistance. The lead was primarily built on strong offensive rebounding (14 second chance points in the first half) and the fact that EIU simply couldn’t stay in front of IU without committing fouls. The new freedom of movement rules were called closely and IU went to the foul line 25 times.


What to Expect: Eastern Illinois


Indiana opens the 2015-2016 season on Friday night at Assembly Hall with Eastern Illinois, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC).

The game will be broadcast live on BTN Plus (online, subscription only) at 7 p.m. ET with (Scott Stewart, Sam Rumpza and Olivia DeWeese) on the call.

Basketball is back tonight in Assembly Hall, which is under construction but ready to go for the 116th season of Indiana basketball. The Hoosiers enter the season with plenty of expectations, but plenty of questions linger as well.


At the buzzer: Indiana 73, Bellarmine 62


A few quick thoughts on Indiana’s 73-62 exhibition win over Bellarmine:

How it happened: After Al Davis hit a jump shot to draw Bellarmine within two at 9-7 with 14:31 remaining in the first half, Indiana ripped off an 18-0 run and eventually build a 23-point lead over the Knights. Bellarmine, however, didn’t go down without a fight. The IU lead was cut all the way down to seven early in the second half before the Hoosiers regained control on back-to-back 3s from Robert Johnson and Yogi Ferrell to push the lead back to 15 with 13:47 to play. Bellarmine never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.


What to watch for in Indiana’s exhibition finale


Indiana’s final exhibition tune up tips off tonight in Assembly Hall as the Hoosiers host Bellarmine University. 

The game will be broadcast live on BTN Plus at 7 p.m. ET and replayed on BTN on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET. In lieu of our traditional game previews which focus heavily on the opponent, here’s a look at what to watch for as the Hoosiers take the floor against the Knights:

· Progress from issues in game one: Indiana won its first exhibition game comfortably over the University of Ottawa, but there were plenty of correctable problems.


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